Today it’s my day to host the blog tour for ‘The Widow of Pale Harbour’, and it’s also the beginning of the tour!
Rating: ★★★★ (4/5)
This is, at heart, a love story. Sophronia is being sent messages that have a lot of things in common with Poe stories and Gideon is the towns new minister. They both have pasts they’d rather not reveal and they very quickly begin experiencing feeling towards each other, and are drawn to each other from pretty much their first meeting.
Gideon bridges the gap between Sophronia and the towns people, so the reader can see both sides of the town, the rich, judgemental groups and the lonely life of the widow in her ‘castle’. It gives a chance to see what the town thinks of Sophronia, and adds another dimension into the story, as you try and work out who is terrorising Sophronia. I have to admit I didn’t guess that at all and it did surprise me somewhat.
This is somewhat of a slower read, it’s less witches and more a love story, with some grisly goings on put into the mix. But Hester Fox has beautifully described the town and it’s very easy to picture what is happening and where. Her writing, as always, is poised and beautiful. This is a book well worth reading.
Maine, 1846. Gideon Stone is desperate to escape the ghosts that haunt him in Massachusetts after his wife’s death, so he moves to Pale Harbor, Maine, where there is a vacancy for a new minister. Gideon and his late wife had always dreamed of building their own church, and Pale Harbor is the perfect opportunity.
But not all is as it seems in the sleepy town of Pale Harbor. Strange, unsettling things have been happening, and the townspeople know that only one person can be responsible: Sophronia Carver, a widow who lives with a spinster maid in the decaying Castle Carver on the edge of town. Sophronia is a recluse, rumored to be a witch who killed her husband.
When Gideon meets her, he knows the charming, beautiful woman cannot be guilty of anything. Together, Gideon and Sophronia realize that the mysterious events have one thing in common: they all contain an element from the wildly popular stories of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe. And when the events escalate to murder, Gideon and Sophronia must find the real killer, before it’s too late for them both.
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